The contest launched with a nomination period, in which organizations could self-nominate their qualifying Chicagoland nonprofit to be considered. Byline’s panel of contest judges reviewed all the entries based on social media engagement, community outreach, the story and mission of the organization, the demonstrated accomplishments and needs served, and how the entrant planned to use the funds, if awarded. Then the Top 25 were identified, voting opened up to the public, which accounted for 50% of overall score, in addition to the level of social media engagement during the contest period, the entrant’s plan for the funds and the overall accomplishments of the organization, to help the judges narrow the pool to the Top 10, and ultimately the final winner and two runners up.
“We received more than 100 entries, and so many of them were doing such important and at times critical work for our community,” said Erin O’Neill. “It was really inspiring to learn more about the missions and the great work so many nonprofits are doing to help make this city great.”
“Byline has a long history of supporting nonprofits in the Chicagoland area, says Megan Biggam, Senior Vice President, Head of Retail Banking of Byline Bank. “We’re proud to be able to help call attention to so many of them, and ultimately to financially help with some of their important work.”
Like many contestants, the Top 3 worked hard throughout the contest to generate votes and encourage their followers to visit the contest page as often as possible. Bow Wow Revolution knocked it out of the park, dutifully posting about the contest every day during the final round and tearing at their follower’s heart strings to submit their votes. There was also significant effort shown by both Youth Crossroads and Almost Home, driving impressive engagement and votes for all three of the top finalists.
For official rules and to learn more about the contest, please visit here or visit our social pages for more videos and pictures.
About Byline Bank
Headquartered in Chicago, Byline Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: BY) is the parent company for Byline Bank, a full service commercial bank serving small- and medium-sized businesses, financial sponsors, and consumers. Byline Bank has approximately $5.4 billion in assets and operates more than 60 full service branch locations throughout the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas. Byline Bank offers a broad range of commercial and retail banking products and services including small ticket equipment leasing solutions and is one of the top five Small Business Administration lenders in the United States.
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